Milestones in DAF's history

DAF's history goes back to 1928, when the brothers Hub and Wim van Doorne laid the foundations for what has now become DAF Trucks. What started as a small engineering business and blacksmith workshop, developed into the fastest-growing truck manufacturing business in Europe.   

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  • 1975 - F700 / F900

    The ‘Club of Four’ presents its results. For DAF...

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    1975 - F700 / F900

    The ‘Club of Four’ presents its results. For DAF...

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    The ‘Club of Four’ presents its results. For DAF, it means an expansion of the range with two light truck series: the F 700 and the F 900.

  • 1975 - Supercontinental

    Introduction of DAF 2800 version 'Supercontinental'....

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    1975 - Supercontinental

    Introduction of DAF 2800 version 'Supercontinental'....

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    Introduction of DAF 2800 version 'Supercontinental'.

  • 1976 - 2300 DHU series

    Introduction of 2300 DHU series starting with a tractor chassis...

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    1976 - 2300 DHU series

    Introduction of 2300 DHU series starting with a tractor chassis...

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    Introduction of 2300 DHU series (starting with a tractor chassis) with an intercooled 8.25 litre diesel engine.

  • 1977 - 500 DE / 1100 DD

    The ‘Club of Four’ designed 500 DE and 1100 DD serie.

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    1977 - 500 DE / 1100 DD

    The ‘Club of Four’ designed 500 DE and 1100 DD serie.

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    The ‘Club of Four’ designed 500 DE and 1100 DD serie.

  • 1977 - New chassis

    Introduction of 4x2 and 6x4 chassis for the 2300 DHR series.

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    1977 - New chassis

    Introduction of 4x2 and 6x4 chassis for the 2300 DHR series.

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    Introduction of 4x2 and 6x4 chassis for the 2300 DHR series.

  • 1978 - 50th anniversary

    50th anniversary of the foundation of DAF Trucks.

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    1978 - 50th anniversary

    50th anniversary of the foundation of DAF Trucks.

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    50th anniversary of the foundation of DAF Trucks.

  • 1978 - Introduction 8x4 models

    Introduction of 8x4 models in the 2800 series...

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    1978 - Introduction 8x4 models

    Introduction of 8x4 models in the 2800 series...

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    Introduction of 8x4 models in the 2800 series; FAD tipper and FMD concrete mixer.

  • 1978 - Deceased

    On the 3rd of May, one month after the celebration of DAF’s 50th anniversary...

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    1978 - Deceased

    On the 3rd of May, one month after the celebration of DAF’s 50th anniversary...

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    On the 3rd of May, one month after the celebration of DAF’s 50th anniversary, Wim van Doorne passes away.

  • 1979 - Deceased

    One year after his brother, on the 23rd of May, Dr. Hub van Doorne...

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    1979 - Deceased

    One year after his brother, on the 23rd of May, Dr. Hub van Doorne...

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    One year after his brother, on the 23rd of May, Dr. Hub van Doorne, the founder of the company, passes away.

  • 1979 - Focus on...

    DAF ceases the production of trailers and...

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    1979 - Focus on...

    DAF ceases the production of trailers and...

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    DAF ceases the production of trailers and concentrates on the development and production of heavy and medium-heavy trucks.

  • 1980 - FAG 2300

    Introduction of FAG 2300 models; a 6x2 chassis with...

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    1980 - FAG 2300

    Introduction of FAG 2300 models; a 6x2 chassis with...

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    Introduction of FAG 2300 models; a 6x2 chassis with leading rear axle, specially developed for refuse collection and milk collection transport.

  • 1980 - N2800 series

    Introduction of the N2800 series, a 6x4 bonneted chassis for...

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    1980 - N2800 series

    Introduction of the N2800 series, a 6x4 bonneted chassis for...

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    Introduction of the N 2800 series, a 6x4 bonneted chassis for tipper application.

  • 1982 - Winning Dakar

    The DAF factory team of...

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    1982 - Winning Dakar

    The DAF factory team of...

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    The DAF factory team of Jan de Rooy/Gerard Straetmans wins the heaviest category of the Paris-Dakar rally with the DAF N2800.

  • 1982 - 3300 DKX series

    Introduction of the 3300 DKX series (330 hp) for

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    1982 - 3300 DKX series

    Introduction of the 3300 DKX series (330 hp) for

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    Introduction of the 3300 DKX series (330 hp) for long distance transport and heavy duty special transport.

  • 1982 - 2100 / 2300 / ...

    Introduction of 2100 and 2300 series vehicles as wel as the 2500 DHS series...

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    1982 - 2100 / 2300 / ...

    Introduction of 2100 and 2300 series vehicles as wel as the 2500 DHS series...

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    Introduction of 2100 and 2300 series vehicles, as wel as the 2500 DHS series with second generation 8.25 litre diesel engines.

  • 1984 - Opening cab paint shop

    in Westerlo (Belgium)

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    1984 - Opening cab paint shop

    in Westerlo (Belgium)

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    1984 - Opening cab paint shop in Westerlo (Belgium)

  • 1984 - 250,000th truck

    In 1984 the 250,000th truck is produced...

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    1984 - 250,000th truck

    In 1984 the 250,000th truck is produced...

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    In 1984, the 250,000th truck is produced by DAF.

  • 1985 - Again Dakar

    The DAF 'Bull' driven by Jan de Rooy, wins again...

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    1985 - Again Dakar

    The DAF 'Bull' driven by Jan de Rooy, wins again...

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    The DAF 'Bull' driven by Jan de Rooy, wins again the Rally Paris-Daker in the class for vehicles above 10 tonnes GVM.

  • 1985 - Space Cab

    Introduction of the Space Cab: a cab with...

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    1985 - Space Cab

    Introduction of the Space Cab: a cab with...

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    Introduction of the Space Cab: a cab with a high roof for even more driver comfort.

  • 1985 - ATi

    DAF introduces the second generation of diesel engines with...

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    1985 - ATi

    DAF introduces the second generation of diesel engines with...

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    DAF introduces the second generation of diesel engines with turbocharging and charge air cooling under the name of ATi (Advanced Turbo intercooling) for even better engine performance, even lower fuel consumption and cleaner exhaust gases.

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